NGA 2023 Winter Meeting

At NGA’s 115th Winter Meeting, held February 9-11, 2023 in Washington, D.C., Governors were joined by federal officials and leaders from business, academia and philanthropy for solutions-driven conversations around the top issues in states and territories.

Press Releases and Commentary


Plenary 1 – Strengthening Youth Mental Health

Opening Ceremonies and Remarks:

  • Bill McBride, NGA Executive Director
  • Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey
  • Governor Spencer Cox, Utah

Discussion Panel:

  • Richard Besser, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Reina Chiang, Mental Health Advocate
  • Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey
  • First Lady Tammy Murphy, New Jersey
  • Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General
  • Moderator: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Founder, The AAKOMA Project

Plenary 2 – Workforce Shortages and Opportunities

Discussion Panel:

  • Jennifer Aument, Global Transportation Chief Executive, AECOM
  • Ravi Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Cognizant
  • Brad Smith, Vice Chair and President, Microsoft
  • Moderator: Governor Greg Gianforte, Montana

Community Renewal Task Force Meeting on Academic and Career Success


  • Governor Brad Little, Idaho
  • Governor Jared Polis, Colorado
  • Lydia Logan, VP, Global Education & Workforce Development, IBM
  • Mark Schneider, Director, ED Institute of Education Sciences
  • Sara Wolforth, Policy Principle, AIR

Economic Development and Revitalization Task Force Meeting on Technology and Energy Innovation


  • Governor Andy Beshear, Kentucky
  • Governor Henry McMaster, South Carolina
  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Maria Robinson, Director, Grid Deployment Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Amy B. Spiller, State President, Ohio and Kentucky, Duke Energy
  • Aamir Paul, President, North America Operations, Schneider Electric

Public Health And Disaster Response Task Force Meeting on How Governors Can Respond to Large-Scale Energy Disruptions


  • Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut
  • Governor Phil Scott, Vermont
  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center for Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
  • Allison Clements, Commissioner, FERC
  • Puesh Kumar, Director, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy